short life of George Butterworth gave us a
mere glimpse of his true potential. Already regarded as the most promising of the younger generation of English
composers, he put his manuscript paper aside to serve his country in "The Great War". How different things
might have been if he had returned home alive to take his place among such names as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst,
The body of music that he did not destroy before setting off for France, notably
the settings of poems from A Shropshire Lad by Housman, and various short orchestral works is, in a word,
exquisite. In addition to his compositions, he is also remembered for his contributions to the turn-of-the-century
revival of interest in English folk music and dance.